Europe, China and Africa : new thinking for a secure century

This debate will serve to launch Friends of Europe’s latest discussion paper on EU-China security cooperation in Africa. After establishing successful economic ties with Africa, China is now aiming to take an active part in the security of the continent, as demonstrated by its growing involvement in UN peacekeeping and anti-piracy operations. The EU has welcomed China’s renewed interest in Africa, and the paper will examine questions such as:

  • How will EU-China cooperation evolve and can it help deliver stability and prosperity in Africa?
  • How well do China and the EU know and understand each other’s strategy in Africa?
  • How will competition between China and the EU evolve in Africa?
  • How do Africans perceive these external partners?

The discussion paper features pieces by EU, NATO, civil society and academic experts and aims to offer concrete and innovative recommendations for future cooperation.

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12.30 – 13.00 Welcome and registration of participants
13.00 – 14.00 What future for EU-China security cooperation in Africa?
14.00 End of event

Moderated by
Shada Islam / Director Europe & Geopolitics at Friends of Europe


  • Jose Fernando Costa Pereira

    Policy Adviser in the Directorate for Africa at the European External Action Service (EEAS)

  • Yentyl Williams

    EU-ACP Trade Researcher at the University of Gent and Founder of the ACP Young Professionals Network

  • Xumin Zhang

    Political Counsellor at the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the EU


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